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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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2011 Governor's State of the State speeches


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Rick Perry: Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement.
    Haley Barbour: We made MS the safest state for an unborn child.
Budget & Economy
    Tom Corbett: Reduce the size and cost of state government.
    Tom Corbett: Reduce the size and cost of state government.
    Robert Bentley: Goal is balanced, conservative budget without federal help.
    Robert Bentley: Protect essential services, and otherwise cut 15-45%.
    Pat Quinn: Restrain spending by $220B by Budgeting For Results.
    Scott Walker: Wisconsin's once strong economy is in need of repair.
    Terry Branstad: End the days of unsustainable commitments.
    Peter Shumlin: Get back to fiscal responsibility, post-stimulus.
    Jay Nixon: Missouri has earned its triple-A credit rating.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: 2011 budget: balanced; no new taxes; no new fees.
    Dennis Daugaard: Invite, increase, and innovate--for economic development.
    Mitch Daniels: Automatic taxpayer refund when reserves exceed 10%.
Civil Rights
    Haley Barbour: Proud of MS's highest vote in US for traditional marriage.
    Dan Malloy: CT shattered the glass ceiling with first female governor.
Corporations
    Bev Perdue: Tax relief for corporations from highest rate in southeast.
    Paul LePage: Depreciate bonuses; reduce business tax rate to under 8%.
    Scott Walker: Expand relocation & economic development tax credits.
    Steve Beshear: Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs.
    Terry Branstad: Reduce state corporate income tax from 12% to 6%.
    Jack Markell: Expand manufacturing; reform permitting; help small business.
    Nikki Haley: Reduce red tape; time is money.
    Dave Heineman: We lowered taxes over last 3 years; do same for next 4 years.
    John Hickenlooper: Regulatory impact statement on all new legislation.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Sales tax credit for new business; & tax increment financing.
    Matt Mead: Continue the manufacturing sales tax exemption.
    Dennis Daugaard: Revamp MicroLOAN program for small businesses.
Crime
    Tom Corbett: Cancel unneeded expensive prison project in Fayette County.
    Tom Corbett: Cancel unneeded expensive prison project in Fayette County.
    Rick Perry: Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders.
    Peter Shumlin: Help keep non-violent offenders out of jail.
    Jay Nixon: More DWI arrests save more lives.
    Nikki Haley: Save millions by reducing recidivism.
    Sean Parnell: More enforcement presence via Village Public Safety Officers.
    Bob McDonnell: Tough statutes and sentences; but also re-entry programs.
    Haley Barbour: $7.3M for state trooper school.
    Mike Beebe: Let non-violent offenders repay debt to society productively.
    Mitch Daniels: Incarcerate in a smarter way, based on danger to society.
    Butch Otter: Improve offender assessment to reduce inmate population.
    Andrew Cuomo: Incarcerating juveniles increases likelihood of offending.
    Jack Dalrymple: More highway patrol; more emergency communications system.
Drugs
    Bill Haslam: Get tough on meth crimes.
    Paul LePage: Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.
    Rick Perry: Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war.
    Mary Fallin: Women in Recovery: abuse programs avoid incarceration.
    Peter Shumlin: War on recidivism: $300,000 for methadone treatment.
    Matt Mead: Narcotic prescriptions abused more than illegal drugs.
    Haley Barbour: Fight the scourge of illegal narcotics with a vengeance.
    Mike Beebe: Heavier penalties for drug trade; but not for possession.
Education
    Bill Haslam: Remove 90-cap limit on charter schools.
    Rick Scott: Increase the number of charter schools.
    Tom Corbett: Families trapped in failing schools: make funding portable.
    Tom Corbett: Families trapped in failing schools: make funding portable.
    Robert Bentley: Though benefits will be cut, no teaching jobs will be lost.
    Pat Quinn: Consolidate from 868 school districts to save $100M.
    Bev Perdue: $400M federal funds for Ready Set Go! Initiative.
    Martin O`Malley: Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time.
    Steve Beshear: Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate.
    Jerry Brown: Let people vote to avoid cutting schools & colleges.
    Jack Markell: Ensure we have the best possible public schools.
    Nikki Haley: Educate kids not based on where they happen to live.
    Susana Martinez: Kids First, New Mexico Wins: 4 key initiatives.
    Dave Heineman: $1.5M Nebraska Internship Program for college students.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: One-time $800 enhancement now; teacher raise later.
    Matt Mead: Charter schools provide new ideas for traditional schools.
    Nathan Deal: $15M for science/tech charter schools.
    Chris Christie: Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools.
    Dennis Daugaard: Repeal 100 student minimum for state aid to districts.
    Haley Barbour: Expand charter schools; expand dual enrollment.
    Mitch Daniels: Pay teachers, and award tenure, based on effectiveness.
    Andrew Cuomo: Replace formula-based grants with performance incentives.
    Dan Malloy: Had learning disability when there were no support programs.
    Jack Dalrymple: Achieved long-sought goal of 70% funding from state.
Energy & Oil
    Tom Corbett: Under Marcellus Shale is another bonanza, the Utica Shale.
    Tom Corbett: Under Marcellus Shale is another bonanza, the Utica Shale.
    Steve Beshear: To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal.
    Gary Herbert: Utah is energy-independent; now export oil & nuclear.
    Brian Sandoval: Access federal land to make NV renewable energy capitol.
    Jay Nixon: Nuclear power provides reliable, affordable energy.
    Sean Parnell: Reduce EPA red tape on Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.
    Susana Martinez: Cap-and-Tax does not move us toward a cleaner environment.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: We should be looking for more ways to use coal, not less.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Develop natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
    Matt Mead: Export wind energy, build wind turbines here.
    Matt Mead: Skeptical about man-made global warming; support oil & gas.
    Sam Brownback: New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State.
    Dennis Daugaard: Increase ethanol revolving fund from $7M to $17M.
    Andrew Cuomo: Power for Jobs: use low cost hydropower.
    Jack Dalrymple: Oil & gas development brings jobs; let's build them roads.
Environment
    Rick Perry: Flexible permitting to reduce ozone & NOx levels.
    Peter Shumlin: Clean up Lake Champlain: federal waivers & local flexibility.
    Neil Abercrombie: New Day Work Projects: transit-oriented development.
    Jay Nixon: State Parks Youth Corps: employ kids in state parks.
    Sean Parnell: AK statehood was a mandate for resource development.
    Butch Otter: To EPA: Delist wolves and restore state management.
Free Trade
    Pat Quinn: Exports support 500,000 jobs in IL; double that in 5 years.
    Bev Perdue: Visited China to see N.C.'s competition.
    Scott Walker: Global opportunity: Get WI products out to the world.
    Gary Herbert: Assist Utah companies with global vision for export growth.
    Rick Snyder: Increase Canada trade with new Detroit River bridge.
    Sean Parnell: Develop rare earth minerals to beat China trade quota.
    Jack Dalrymple: Link ND businesses with foreign buyers.
Government Reform
    Bev Perdue: Consolidate 14 state agencies into 8; cut $2.2B from budget.
    Scott Walker: End tax on HSAs; reduce frivolous lawsuits.
    Steve Beshear: 6-day furlough for state workers; cut top staff salaries 10%.
    Brian Sandoval: Sunset all 180 licensing & advisory boards by 2013.
    Rick Snyder: Michigan Dashboard: measure progress & present it publicly.
    Susana Martinez: Moratorium on state car purchases; sell the state luxury jet.
    Susana Martinez: Pay-to-play is a crime, not an ethical dilemma.
    Christine Gregoire: Transform to 21st-century government that can't do it all.
    Dan Malloy: Require state government to use GAAP accounting principles.
Gun Control
    Martin O`Malley: Further toughen the enforcement of our gun laws.
    Jack Markell: More troopers & more enforcement against gun crimes.
Health Care
    Robert Bentley: Federal takeover of our health care system will kill jobs.
    Pat Quinn: Comprehensive Medicaid reform: save taxpayers $550M.
    Paul LePage: MaineCare recipients contribute to statewide health coverage.
    Rick Perry: Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough".
    Mary Fallin: Certified Healthy program; & website for health insurer info.
    Gary Herbert: Sue on unconstitutionality of ObamaCare.
    Nikki Haley: Let Medicaid buy generics for AIDS, cancer, & mental health.
    Rick Snyder: Improve cost, quality and access with wellness & prevention.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: WV Connect: access for 10,000 working uninsured & spouses.
    Matt Mead: Establish litigation fund to join lawsuit against ObamaCare.
    Nathan Deal: ObamaCare will cost Georgia $2.5B over next ten years.
    Christine Gregoire: 10-year goal: Save $26B and increase quality of care.
    Jack Dalrymple: Large funding increases for nursing homes & home-based care.
Homeland Security
    Bill Haslam: Only 1% of our country serves to keep the rest of us free.
    Bev Perdue: N.C. is most military-friendly state in America.
    Jay Nixon: Show-Me Heroes: jobs waiting for returning vets.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: State cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Dennis Daugaard: Split two departments: Military & Veterans' Affairs.
    Jack Dalrymple: Our troops safeguard our quality of life.
Immigration
    Robert Bentley: Will fight illegal immigration in Alabama.
    Paul LePage: Welcome immigrants, but no welfare for legal non-citizens.
    Gary Herbert: Find solutions to tough issues where feds abdicated.
    Rick Snyder: Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate.
Jobs
    Rick Scott: High unemployment compensation deter job creation.
    Robert Bentley: As new governor, job creation is my first priority.
    Pat Quinn: Illinois Jobs Now! and Employer Training Investment Program.
    Martin O`Malley: Recovery & Reinvestment Act creates jobs; spend more locally.
    Scott Walker: Create 250,000 jobs via special legislative session.
    Jerry Brown: Strip away regulations that prevent job creation.
    Terry Branstad: Reduce burdensome regulation by public/private job team.
    Brian Sandoval: $10M for deals via Nevada Jobs Unlimited.
    Jack Markell: Job Creation Infrastructure Fund: tax credits for job growth.
    Susana Martinez: Cover some salary when businesses hire unemployed workers.
    John Hickenlooper: Sustainable jobs are created by the private sector.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: $20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund.
Local Issues
    Mark Dayton: Highway 62 model: remain open while rebuilding roads.
    Mary Fallin: We survived Dust Bowl & Trail of Tears--and this recession.
    Steve Beshear: Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry.
    Brian Sandoval: Make Nevada "the" place for gaming innovation.
    Neil Abercrombie: Allow & encourage education in Hawaiian language.
    Neil Abercrombie: Allow & encourage education in Hawaiian language.
    Sam Brownback: ROZes: Rural Opportunity Zones with income tax waiver.
Principles & Values
    Mark Dayton: Five-Point Plan for Future Prosperity: Invest, & invest more.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Priorities: business climate; education; reinvent government.
    Sam Brownback: Five measurable, significant, achievable goals.
    Jack Dalrymple: Vision for ND: opportunity, growth, & responsibility.
Social Security
    Scott Walker: Increase public employee pension payments to 5%.
    Bob McDonnell: 5% additional retirement contribution from state employees.
    Chris Christie: Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers.
    Christine Gregoire: End automatic benefit increases in state retirement programs.
Tax Reform
    Tom Corbett: Tax increases choke growth; tax people less.
    Tom Corbett: Tax increases choke growth; tax people less.
    Paul LePage: End marriage penalty; increase personal exemptions.
    Rick Perry: Balance our budget without raising taxes.
    Steve Beshear: Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases.
    Jerry Brown: Only choice is raise taxes to deal with extreme difficulty.
    Peter Shumlin: Raise state budget reserve from 5% to 8%, for tough times.
    Neil Abercrombie: Add alcohol & soft drink tax; repeal state tax deduction.
    Jay Nixon: Remove tax credits which are bad returns on investment.
    Susana Martinez: NM is not under-taxed. revenue enhancements vetoed.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Reduce, then remove, regressive & unfair sales tax on food.
    Haley Barbour: Cut budget by $700M, instead of raising taxes.
    Mike Beebe: Cut regressive grocery sales tax now; eliminate it later.
    Butch Otter: Reduce tax burden; lower rates for individuals & businesses.
    Andrew Cuomo: NY has 2nd highest state and local tax burden in the nation.
Technology
    Pat Quinn: Pay backlog of $280M for mass transit.
    Bev Perdue: 46,000 students in NC Virtual Public High School.
    Mark Dayton: Investing in transportation infrastructure improves business.
    Martin O`Malley: 21st Century cyber-infrastructure & rural broadband network.
    Jerry Brown: CA entrepreneurialism reaps benefit from Pacific Rim trade.
    Peter Shumlin: Connect VT: $53M for rural broadband & cell service.
    Peter Shumlin: $106M to improve 65 bridges; plus high speed rail.
    Brian Sandoval: Drive investment in broadband technology.
    Jay Nixon: MoBroadbandNow: Bring broadband to every corner of our state.
    Matt Mead: Additional $52 M in highway funding.
    Matt Mead: Recruit mega data centers: we have the weather & the land.
    Dennis Daugaard: Secure $29M for deep underground lab.
    Dan Malloy: Develop CT's deepwater ports & Bradley airport.
Welfare & Poverty
    Paul LePage: End welfare-on-day-one: No instant eligibility for benefits.


The above quotations are from 2011 Governor's State of the State speeches.

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